Padma Lakshmi's Favorite Fall Recipe

Goodbye strawberries, watermelon, and pineapple. Hello squash, pumpkin, pomegranates, and spices. Fall ushers in a whole new slew of good-for-you food, and with them, new and exciting ways to cook, says Top Chef star and Nespresso spokesperson Padma Lakshmi.

"When I think of fall, I think of it getting dark earlier, and I think of the fall colors of cinnamon and saffron and marigold and tan," Lakshmi says. "I like to echo those visually in the foods that I eat, not only for the flavors of those spices, but also for the colors."

What's she loving this fall? Spices and coffee, preferably together!

"I might be thinking of using cinnamon or caradamom or nutmeg," she says. "Those are nice to pair with desserts, but also with coffee. One of the things that I love to do is spice my coffee. Plus, before your morning workout, it's nice to add one of these spices because they're known to jump-start your metabolism."

With the weather cooling down, there's no better time to cozy up next to a hot drink. Luckily, Lakshmi shared her favorite early-morning coffee recipe with us.

Nespresso Cardamom Cappuccino
Ingredients:
1 capsule of Indriya from India (or coffee of your choice)
1/2 cup milk of your choice
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar in the raw
1/4 teaspoon powdered green cardamom
Pinch crushed raw, unsalted almonds
Grind nutmeg

Instructions:
1. Pour Indriya from India into a cappuccino cup.
2. Mix milk with sugar and powdered green cardamom, and froth. Pour milk over espresso. Top with almonds, nutmeg, and a pinch of cardamom.
 

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